ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Tracy McGrady's first step in getting over
the departure of good friend and teammate Mike Miller was to score
a career-high 52 points. And he did it without even playing in the
McGrady dedicated his effort to Miller, who was sent to Memphis
in a trade Wednesday that brought Drew Gooden and Gordan Giricek to
McGrady meshed well with his new teammates as Orlando rolled to
a 110-96 victory Friday night.
"This was for my boy,'' McGrady said, pausing before adding
"I've got to get over that.''
Magic coach Doc Rivers seemed to have moved on quicker than
"I asked T-Mac after the game if he had any more friends,''
Rivers said, laughing. "If that's what he's gonna do every night,
we're gonna trade 'em all.''
McGrady was 15-of-32 from the field and 16-for-20 from the line
to eclipse the 50 points he scored March 8 against Washington.
McGrady's previous season-high was a 47-point effort Nov. 2 at
McGrady finished one point shy of tying the franchise record of
53 set by Shaquille O'Neal in the 1993-94 season. He also came up a
point short of Allan Houston's NBA season-high of 53.
"I was just feeling it tonight,'' McGrady said. "When I get it
rolling like that, get me the ball because I can make a lot of
things happen. That's what happened. I just felt like I couldn't
"I wanted to show my newcomers how I bring it every night.''
They, in turn, showed the Magic what they're capable of.
Rivers wasted no time acclimating his new players to the team,
starting both. Gooden logged 34 minutes while Giricek played 43.
Gooden finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, going 11-of-16 from
the field. Giricek had 15 points.
"For Gordan and Drew to come in and play that well was a huge
lift,'' Rivers said. "You can see what Drew Gooden can do in the
post. He's a heck of a basketball player. It's really a nice 1-2
combination with him and T-Mac on the same side of the floor.''
Orlando led 96-75 after three quarters and Chicago never
threatened with McGrady watching from the sidelines, smiling as
fans screamed for Rivers to put him back in the game.
Rivers and McGrady agreed that wouldn't have been a smart
"Because it really doesn't look good on our part,'' McGrady
said. "The game was already out of reach. Who knows? Those guys
could take it personally and try to hurt me. Fans wanted me to go
back in, but it just wasn't professional.''
The Bulls outshot the Magic from the field, 46 percent to 42
percent, but committed 25 turnovers that Orlando converted into 28
points. Jay Williams led Chicago with 20 points. Jalen Rose and
Tyson Chandler had 16 each.
"I felt like tonight we let Tracy McGrady really take the air
out of us,'' Chandler said. "It's one thing to let somebody score
52 but it's another thing to get blown out and accept it. We were
only down (11) at halftime and we could've made a run and we still
could've been in the game.''
McGrady shot 5-of-10 in each of the first two quarters and was
10-for-11 from the line for 33 at the half. He had Orlando's last
16 points of the second quarter and opened the third with a
3-pointer only 10 seconds in.
McGrady reached 41 points on a pair of free throws with 5:33
left in the third and went 1-for-2 from the line with 3:20
remaining for his 50th point.
He went back to the line at 2:55 amid chants of "MVP'' and hit
both free throws for 52. He missed five long-range jumpers in the
quarter's final minute.
"If it was a two-, four- or six-point game, I don't know how
many he would have ended up with,'' Rivers said. "I never thought
that there was any chance a guy could score 70, 80, 90 points in a
game, but we were sitting there thinking if this was a one-point
game throughout, it might be possible.''
Orlando has defeated Chicago at home nine consecutive
times. ... Orlando's Jeryl Sasser did not dress for the second
consecutive game because of neck and back spasms resulting from a
car accident on Monday. ... McGrady tied O'Neal's franchise record
of 26 consecutive games with 20 or more points. O'Neal set the mark
in the 1993-94 season. ... Chicago activated Roger Mason from the
injured list and placed Rick Brunson on the IL with knee
tendinitis. Brunson missed the season's first 39 games because of
the same ailment.